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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Carmody Middle School students were released from school at approximately 3:45 p.m. after the school was placed on lockout because of a tip about a student with a weapon in the school.

Everyone is reported safe and Carmody Middle School leaders will send a follow-up message to families Friday evening.

Carmody was placed on a lockout status on Friday afternoon because of sweeps conducted by the Lakewood Police Department in search of the weapon.

John Romero of Lakewood police confirmed there was a tip of a student with a weapon Friday morning around 10:30 a.m.

Letter from the school:

“Carmody families, As you know, Carmody has been in a Hold/Lockout status for most of the afternoon. Everyone is safe.

Lakewood Police Department received a report earlier today of a weapon in the school. No weapon has been found so far, however, we need to complete the search and investigation before dismissing students. This means students will not be released from the building at 2:02 p.m.

Please DO NOT call the school as they are currently busy managing the situation. Parents waiting outside to pick up, please continue to wait. Buses will be held to transport bus riders on their normal routes once they are released. We will message families once students are released and heading home.

Thank you for your patience.”

Jefferson County Public Schools said a “lockout status is ordered when there is an issue outside a building. Police activity in the area poses a threat or a wild animal nearby. All exterior doors are locked and ‘business as usual’ continues inside the school.”

Jefferson County 2019 Emergency situations at school: